WINTER ESCAPE PLUS TRAINING WITH MARKO BARTHEL
Who wouldn't want to improve their riding technique? Combining this with a one-week enduro holiday seems the ideal marriage.
We’re pleased to offer eight such opportunities each year in partnership with famous German competition rider and licensed off-road trainer Marko Barthel.
First and foremost, as with all our tours, it's all about riding fun and clocking lots of enduro kilometres. The programme is based on our Winter Escape tours. This means we provide a five star base hotel in Alanya, to which we return every evening. Bikes and terrain are the best as always, but you’ll get the added opportunity to learn a few extra things under the expert guidance of Marko. The main goal is to achieve a better, safer and faster riding style, and the training units are loosely woven into our normal tour programme.
We provide training in the following:
- Safe riding while standing without effort
- Proper braking
- Curve technics
- Safe starting & stopping on the slope
- Riding ruts safely
- Crossing obstacles
- Mud crossings
- Fast riding on special tests
- Fast riding on enduro tests
- Training on request
In the evening we organise an enjoyable programme of films, slideshows and reports from various enduro races, rallies and tours, all accompanied by a few bottles of Efes (Turkish beer). We can also arrange a visit to the ‘hamam’ (Turkish bath), or relax by smoking a ‘shisha’ (water-pipe) in a typical café.
Itinerary:After a few minutes of stretching, things really get going. Narrow tracks lead through the mountains to the first forest fire-breaks. There are countless hills on which to receive your first lesson from Marko. Starting and turning on a steep slope can be tricky, but with a few expert tips and two or three attempts, everyone gets the knack. Often it’s the simple things that help improve your technique, and ‘the champ’ is on hand to share his top tips with you.
The intention of the whole tour is clearly to have a blast. The rider training should never become stressful, and that’s why we loosely weave it into the tour. Nobody is forced to do anything against their will. If a situation is too difficult for you, or your daily form is not the best, then you can rest a few minutes while the others are training. Although, when it comes to curve technics, Marko knows no exception. Everyone has to work on this until the technique is right!
- 5-day guided tour under professional lead
- KTM EXC 350/450 rental motorcycle
- 7 nights in a double room with full board
- Transfer from the airport to the hotel and back
- Mechanic / spare parts service
- Single room (100 euros). Not nominating a room partner automatically leads to single room booking
- Travel, cancellation, accident and health insurance: Please make sure that private hospitals are covered